Ok, so I’m not sure if I’m late to the party or if this is truly a rare sparkly nugget of intellectual gold I’m about to bestow upon the world but…
…wait for it…
No, I will not shut the eff up.
While I’m guessing most people have heard this little gem before, if you’re like me you have yet to try it. Considering I pretty much only ever wear silver or white gold, all of my jewelry inevitably ends up tarnished and in the back of my jewelry box never to be seen again. So when, on this fine Monday morning, I decided to go with a maternity shirt (yes, I know I gave birth 4 months ago) paired with the same threadbare ass pants I wear to work every single day, I pulled out a silver necklace that I thought would be the perfect accessory to deflect the eye from my polka dot underwear showing through the seat of my pantaloons.
Some might say I push the limits of business casual.
My plan was about to fail when I pulled the necklace out of my jewelry box to find it had tarnished to a lovely shade of bronze, so I grabbed the toothpaste, made half an effort to rub it around, and holy crap, that shit actually works! And now I’m loving my necklace again. And of course I didn’t take a before picture of the necklace because I didn’t expect it to work so well that it would get its own post today, but here’s a spectacular shot of the after.
Necklace is an Elsa Peretti hand-me-down from my sis):
*sidenote – As a self-proclaimed jewelry hoarder who usually buys her stuff at streetfests and stores that end in *Mart, I had no idea this type of necklace is called a lariat. And did you know that you’re supposed to tie it in a knot? I certainly did not. Now I know why I got so frustrated with the darn thing falling off every 5 minutes the first time I wore it. Live and learn.
So while running out the door this morning, I threw the toothpaste in my purse along with another very tarnished bracelet and necklace so I could brighten up some more jewelry and show you before and after photos like a good blogger should. I polished them over a cup of coffee while going through my emails….
My birthday gift from Scott a few years ago, Tiffany’s bracelet before and after:
Christmas gift from Amy last year before and after (and no Aunt Carol, I’m not pregnant again, promise 🙂 ):
Pretty cool, no? The downside to today’s discovery is that I have a whole jewelry box to tackle and I won’t sleep until it’s finished. Upside? I’m pretty sure I heard someone whisper ‘I’m impressed’ when I walked off the elevator.
Or… maybe it was ‘I smell Crest’. I do smell kinda minty.